Audio-Technica has announced the welcome return of one of the company’s most iconic devices, after revealing a reworked version of the Sound Burger portable turntable from the ’80s.
First released in 1983 at the height of the portable audio boom, the AT770 Sound Burger (aka Mister Disc in the US) was an on-the-go turntable that came with a set of folding headphones and could use three 2 batteries.
It featured a belt-driven DC motor and could play 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records.
Released to mark the Japanese company’s 60th anniversary, this new 2022 version retains the same unique design but brings some 21st century updates.
There’s now Bluetooth connectivity and a more convenient built-in Li-ion battery with USB-C charging for 12 hours of continuous playtime. There’s no extendable cable hanger for your headphones this time around, nor does the resurrected Sound Burger include a set of collapsible headphones.
However, you can connect it to a sound system via RCA cable, while the new model comes with Audio-Technica’s ATN3600L stylus pre-installed.
Alongside the Sound Burger, Audio-Technica also unveiled a new state-of-the-art belt-drive manual turntable with a unique transparent housing.
Limited to just 3,000 units worldwide, the AT-LP2022 features a black AT-VM95E cartridge mounted alongside a clear Shibata AT-VMN95SH stylus, while the 30mm thick acrylic chassis rests on adjustable isolation feet in height, reducing unwanted resonances. To complete the look. There’s a matching clear plate that helps to reveal the innards of the deck even more.
The 2022 Sound Burger and AT-LP2022 are available to buy now, with the former costing $199 / £200 / €229 and the latter costing $1200 / £999 / €1199.
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While the original Sound Burger may not have achieved its goal of being the Sony Walkman for vinyl records, it remains an A/V design classic coveted by collectors.
This new model will have retro gear heads bouncing for joy, while its surprisingly reasonable price will likely have vintage audiophile dealers shaking their fists at the skies, with the original ’80s model regularly changing hands for up to £500 on eBay. nowadays.
The more conventional but no less attractive AT-VMN95SH will also be a big hit with nostalgics thanks to its classic design, while the Shibata stylus should ensure it’s a deck to be reckoned with.